“Always earned. Never given.”

Having good girlfriends is one of the best things in life. Having a super-talented, creative and crafty girlfriend is extra awesome, and came in handy for me (and Chris) last year.

For years, I’ve been searching for a way to do justice to my collection of race medals I’ve earned over the years. From the ones I received simply for finishing the race to the ones I received for crossing the finish line ahead of the pack, each means something to me. Each represents a lot of hard work, and how far I’ve come as an athlete and healthier, happier person.

Although there are plenty of cool ideas and race medal holders all over the Internet, none ever seemed like “me” or caught my eye. Last summer, I was taking in some friend time with my pal, Kasper, and we went to a local craft fair in the park. One of my friends and her husband were exhibiting at it so I stopped by their booth. Her husband owns a woodworking business, Elite Woodwork, and she had recently taken to contributing her own flair to the business, creating various crafts out of his scrap pieces. These ranged from adorable Mason jar toothbrush holders to children’s growth charts to single-hook towel racks (one of which I ended up purchasing for my future mother-in-law).

My one-of-a-kind, Run Like  A Girl race medal holder.

My one-of-a-kind, Run Like A Girl race medal holder.

While browsing all her great designs, I started thinking – maybe she could come up with a display rack for my race medals. Something just for me, that reflected my personality. Later that week, I mentioned this idea to Chris, who gave me a funny smile and said, “I was planning to get you one for Christmas.” After some plotting between the two of them, I received my personalized “Run Like A Girl” race medal holder as a Christmas gift (on Festivus, of course). Finally, a month or so ago, I found the perfect spot for it in our house and loaded it up!

With the Fargo Marathon less than a month away, plenty of locals have running a race, finishing a race and getting that well-deserved race medal on the brain. So, I thought this would be a perfect time to share my story of how I found the perfect race medal holder. Whether you want to check out Elite Woodwork or browse Etsy or even pick up something simple at a local store, every racer really should find his or her own custom race medal display. Those medals are earned and they deserve a better life than sitting in a box in the back of your closet (wow, that was a lot of prepositional phrases).

Fellow racers, do you have a cool race medal holder? Or have you come up with a unique way to display medals or bibs? Comment or tweet me (with a pic if you have one!) @runlikeagirl311.

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